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  • Hardline Cleric Takes Charge Of Somali Militiamen

    06/25/2006 6:42:22 PM PDT · by blam · 8 replies · 349+ views
    The Telegraph (UK) ^ | 6-26-2006 | Mike Pflanz
    Hardline cleric takes charge of Somali militiamen By Mike Pflanz, East Africa Correspondent (Filed: 26/06/2006) Islamic militia in control of much of southern Somalia yesterday appointed a hardline cleric on Washington's most wanted list as its supreme leader. Sheikh Hassan Dahir Aweys was named as the head of the Islamic Courts Union's "consultation committee", replacing the more moderate Sheikh Sharif Ahmed. Mr Ahmed, a former teacher who led the alliance in taking control of Mogadishu earlier this month, is being given a lesser role. Mr Aweys's elevation raises doubts about a deal negotiated last week with the interim government, based...
  • The Terrorist Round-up for 6/16/06 (104 Killed in Iraq, 40 in Afghanistan - The Quagmire Continues)

    06/16/2006 6:08:41 AM PDT · by Straight Vermonter · 17 replies · 1,793+ views
    U.S. Marine Lance Cpl. Richard M. Mason II, an assaultman for 2nd Platoon, K Company, 3rd Battalion, 8th Marine Regiment, sights down range with his rocket launcher. Nicknamed the "Rocket Man," he has effectively fired 24 rockets using the Shoulder-Launched Multi-Purpose Assault Weapon or SMAW during combat ops in Ramadi. (U.S.M.C. photo by Cpl. Joseph DiGirolamo) An assault team from B Company, 1st Battalion, 25th Marine Regiment, Regimental Combat Team 5, prepare to enter a possible suicide vehicle bomb workshop in Fallujah, Iraq. The Marines are searching the vacant garage after receiving intelligence that the owner might be supporting...
  • AFP: Radical cleric faked fatherhood claim to stay in Britain: report

    05/29/2006 7:16:29 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 13 replies · 384+ views
    AFP on Yahoo ^ | 5/29/06 | AFP
    LONDON (AFP) - Abu Hamza al-Masri, the radical Egyptian Muslim cleric who was jailed here for seven years in February, falsely claimed to have fathered a child after moving to Britain, a newspaper said. Abu Hamza, who was sentenced for inciting racial hatred and soliciting murder, claimed on a birth certificate in October 1980 that he was the father of a daughter born to his first wife, Valerie Traverso, The Times said. Four days after her birth, Hamza told his lawyers to write to Britain's Home Office to apply for permission to stay in the country, saying that he had...
  • Cleric offers reward for killing Prophet cartoonist

    02/17/2006 5:03:06 AM PST · by wouldntbprudent · 27 replies · 685+ views
    Ireland Online ^ | Feb 17, 2006 | staff
    A Pakistani cleric offered a 1.5 million rupee (€28,000) reward and a car for anyone who kills the cartoonist who drew Prophet Mohammed. Another Islamist leader was put under house detention, amid fears of more deadly demonstrations today, officials said.
  • Pakistani Cleric Issues Fatwa Over Cartoons

    02/17/2006 1:42:24 PM PST · by jwalburg · 38 replies · 762+ views
    PESHAWAR, Pakistan — A Pakistani cleric announced a $1 million bounty for killing a cartoonist who drew the Prophet Muhammad caricatures, as thousands rallied across the country Friday and authorities arrested scores of protesters. Police put another Islamist leader under house detention amid fears religious radicals would incite more deadly demonstrations after Friday prayers. Five people have been killed in Pakistan this week during protests, but most demonstrations Friday were peaceful. n Denmark, where the prophet drawings were first published in September, the government said Friday it had temporarily closed its embassy in Pakistan following the violent protests this week.
  • Boycott the honorific! ("The Prophet" Mohammed)

    02/10/2006 9:01:23 AM PST · by NewJerseyJoe · 11 replies · 834+ views
    > Protests have continued throughout the Muslim world over the publication of caricatures of the Prophet Muhammad. (And thousands of other iterations.)
  • Islamic scholar who disseminated cartoons of Prophet speaks out

    02/08/2006 5:25:10 PM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 63 replies · 1,865+ views
    Canadian Broadcast News ^ | Wed, 08 Feb 2006 10:53:08 EST | CBC News
    The Danish Islamic scholar who brought cartoons depicting the Prophet Muhammad to the attention of Muslim leaders around the world says he was only trying to boost his campaign to get an apology from the Danish newspaper that first published them. INDEPTH: Muhammad cartoons: A timeline Danish Islamic scholar Ahmed Akkari, right, and Carsten Juste, editor in chief of the Danish daily Jyllands-Posten, which published cartoons depicting the Prophet, before a debate on Danish television, Sunday, Feb. 5. (AP Photo/POLFOTO, Carsten Snejbjerg) "I guess we took the illustrations to influential people so they could help," Ahmed Akkari told CBC News...
  • British Jury Convicts Muslim Cleric (Abu Hamza)

    02/07/2006 5:21:47 AM PST · by Eurotwit · 116 replies · 4,831+ views
    AP ^ | February 7th, 2006 | AP
    LONDON - A British jury convicted radical Muslim cleric Abu Hamza al-Masri on Tuesday of fomenting racial hatred and inciting his followers to kill non-Muslims. Al-Masri, 47, the former imam at London's Finsbury Park mosque, also was convicted of possessing a terrorist document and threatening or abusive recordings. Al-Masri, Britain's best-known Islamist orator, could receive a maximum sentence of life in prison. The jury of seven men and five women found al-Masri guilty on seven of nine charges of soliciting murder. He also was convicted on two of four charges of stirring racial hatred. Though asked to stand for the...
  • UK Muslim cleric jailed for inciting murder

    02/07/2006 8:10:56 AM PST · by AWestCoaster · 8 replies · 410+ views
    Yahoo News ^ | February 7, 2006 | Michael Holden and Peter Graff
    The British Muslim cleric whose North London mosque was the centerpiece of some of the most important terrorism cases of the last decade was sentenced to seven years jail on Tuesday for inciting murder in his sermons. Egyptian-born Abu Hamza al-Masri, 47, was the highest-profile Muslim cleric tried in the UK since the September 11, 2001 attacks on the United States. The followers who worshipped at his Finsbury Park Mosque included convicted "shoebomber" Richard Reid and "20th hijacker" Zacarais Moussaoui.
  • Don't Work With Men, Muslim Clerics Tell Indian Women

    02/03/2006 3:41:07 PM PST · by blam · 28 replies · 814+ views
    The Guardian (UK) ^ | 2-3-2006 | Randeep Ramesh - Sanjay Jha
    Don't work with men, Muslim clerics tell Indian women Randeep Ramesh and Sanjay Jha Friday February 3, 2006 The Guardian (UK) Muslim women should not work with men or go shopping in areas where they could mix with strangers of the opposite sex, according to an edict issued by the influential All India Muslim Personal Law Board, which claims to represent the nation's 140 million Muslims. Maulana Syed Nizamuddin, the board's general secretary, said the decision to ask Muslim women not to work in call centres and avoid any kind of job which involves interacting with men was part of...
  • Britain Was 'Weak-Kneed' Over Arrest Of Iraq Cleric, Says Bremer

    01/09/2006 6:09:16 PM PST · by blam · 10 replies · 696+ views
    The Telegraph (UK) ^ | 1-10-2006 | Francis Harris
    Britain was 'weak-kneed' over arrest of Iraq cleric, says Bremer By Francis Harris in Washington (Filed: 10/01/2006) The British Government and Armed Forces were "weak kneed" and displayed "cold feet" over plans to arrest a radical Islamic cleric in Iraq, the former US administrator in Iraq claimed yesterday. Paul Bremer also turned his fire on organisations with a reputation for hawkishness, including the CIA, the US Marine Corps and the US chiefs of staff, who were berated for their timidity in refusing to arrest Moqtada al-Sadr, the firebrand Shia leader. His accusations came in a long-awaited memoir of his 13-month...
  • Iranian Alert - October 18, 2005 - Protests, Protests, and more Unrest in Iran in the past few days

    10/18/2005 5:20:54 PM PDT · by DoctorZIn · 10 replies · 1,464+ views
    Regime Change Iran ^ | 10.18.2005 | DoctorZin
    Top News Story Protests, Protests, and more Unrest in Iran over the past few days.Protests: Iran Press News reported on the protest and conflict at Najafabad University. A first hand account.Iran Press News reported that students from the Abbasspour University for Water and Power Industry protested against the regime's guards in their university.Iran Press News reported that an angry mob, protesting the violent and oppressive actions of the disciplinary forces of the regime, attacked governmental bureaus in the Province of Qeshm.SMCCDI reported that drivers of many Iranian Collective Buses refused to validate passenger's tickets, today, in order to protest...
  • Iranian Alert - October 17, 2005 - Iran's Gov't Seeks Alliance with 13th century Imam?

    10/17/2005 10:20:42 PM PDT · by DoctorZIn · 19 replies · 4,039+ views
    Regime Change Iran ^ | 10.17.2005 | DoctorZin
    Two recent reports from inside of Iran, if accurate, are very troubling. Iran's Government Seeks Agreement with 12th Imam - in hiding since 13th century?Kamal Tehrani, Rooz Online: a "reformist" website In a formal cabinet meeting chaired by Iran's new president’s first deputy, the ministers printed and ratified an agreement with the Shiites' 12th Imam. In his opening remarks, Parviz Davoudi, Ahmadinejad' first deputy suggested that the cabinet ministers should sign an agreement with 12th Imam, the same way they signed a pact with the new president. The ministers collectively agreed and so there is now an agreement between...
  • Iranian Alert - October 16, 2005 - Iran blames Britain for Ahvaz bombings

    10/16/2005 12:36:38 PM PDT · by freedom44 · 17 replies · 1,566+ views
    Regime Change Iran ^ | 10/16/05 | freedom44
    Top News Story Iranmania LONDON, October 16 (IranMania) -Iranian officials said on Sunday they suspected British involvement in a double bomb attack in the ethnic-Arab dominated city of Ahvaz, despite furious denials and condemnation of the attacks from London. Two bombs exploded outside a crowded market late Saturday in Ahvaz, capital of the oil-rich Khuzestan province adjacent to British-occupied southern Iraq. Five people were killed and more than 100 injured, according to the latest official toll. "Since there are British troops present alongside our border, there is a concern over their involvement in the explosions in Ahvaz," Alaeddin Borujerdi,...
  • Iranian Alert - October 15, 2005 - Iran's hard-lines admit defeat in Iraq

    10/15/2005 11:03:37 AM PDT · by DoctorZIn · 5 replies · 1,390+ views
    Regime Change Iran ^ | 10.15.2005 | DoctorZin
    Iran's hard-lines admit defeat in IraqIran Press News: Translation by Banafsheh Zand-Bonazzi The regime-run web site, BAZTAB, in a report admitted to the regime's political defeat in soliciting the support of the people of Iraq and the region where dozens of Arab-language media, backed by the regime, including Al Alam TV are being broadcast. BAZTAB wrote: "The Al Alam news channel was supposed to be the mouthpiece for the views of the Islamic Republic of Iran to Arab-speaking countries and was meant to compete with some of these immoral western TV networks, in order to restore the popularity of...
  • Iranian Alert - October 14, 2005 - UK 'sells' nuclear bomb material to Iran

    10/14/2005 7:28:25 PM PDT · by DoctorZIn · 3 replies · 1,115+ views
    Regime Change Iran ^ | 10.14.2005 | DoctorZin
    Top News Story UK 'sells' bomb material to Iran DTI is accused of approving controversial exports British officials have approved the export of key components needed to make nuclear weapons to Iran and other countries known to be developing such weapons. An investigation by BBC Radio 4 programme File on Four will disclose that the Department of Trade and Industry allowed a quantity of the metal, Beryllium, to be sold to Iran last year. That metal is needed to make nuclear bombs. Britain has had an arms embargo to Iran since 1993 and has signed up to an international...
  • Iranian Alert - October 13, 2005 - Important New Evidence of the Iran/Al Qaeda Connection

    10/13/2005 7:09:14 PM PDT · by DoctorZIn · 9 replies · 1,440+ views
    Regime Change Iran ^ | 10.13.2005 | DoctorZin
    Top News Story The al-Zawahiri Letter A window into the mind of the enemy.by Dan Darling 10/12/2005 7:20:00 PM THE FULL TEXT of the just-released letter from al Qaeda second-in-command Ayman al-Zawahiri to Iraqi insurgent leader Abu Musab Zarqawi, dated July 9, 2005, makes it clear that not only are al-Zawahiri and bin Laden symbolic leaders to the global jihad, but they are still active in running their terror network, too. The letter includes references to the fighting in Afghanistan, a peripheral acknowledgement of ongoing al Qaeda-backed insurgencies in Chechnya and Kashmir, and a discussion of the steps the...
  • Iranian Alert - October 12, 2005 - Iran accused of training Iraqi bombers

    10/12/2005 1:01:59 AM PDT · by DoctorZIn · 5 replies · 8,876+ views
    Regime Change Iran ^ | 10.12.2005 | DoctorZin
    Top News Story Iran accused of training Iraqi bombers Wed Oct 12, 2005 6:50 AM BST LONDON (Reuters) - London has accused Iran of running training camps to teach militants how to carry out roadside bomb attacks on British troops in southern Iraq, according to newspaper reports on Wednesday.The government believes Iran's Revolutionary Guard has taught Shi'ite militia members from Iraq how to make armour-piercing devices, the Daily Mirror reported, citing an unnamed defence source."There is evidence that there are teaching camps in Iran, Lebanon and maybe Syria," the source was quoted as saying. "It means up to 10...
  • Iranian Alert - October 11, 2005 - Two Under-reported Developments in Iran's Nuclear Programs

    10/11/2005 9:35:34 AM PDT · by DoctorZIn · 10 replies · 1,218+ views
    Regime Change Iran ^ | 10.11.2005 | DoctorZin
    Two Under-reported Developments in Iran's Nuclear Programs. Iran Designs Nuke Warhead For Shihab-3 Middle East Newsline: Iran was said to have designed a nuclear warhead for the Shihab-3 intermediate-range ballistic missile. The United States has briefed several nations and the International Atomic Energy Agency of an Iranian program to develop a nuclear warhead for the Shihab-3. Diplomatic sources said the U.S. briefers asserted that from 2001 to 2003 Iran designed and developed a circular warhead that could detonate at an altitude meant to ensure optimal damage. An empty nuclear warhead was said to have been installed on the Shihab-3...
  • Iranian Alert - October 10, 2005 - The Story Behind Why Britain Finally Exposed Iran

    10/10/2005 1:39:49 PM PDT · by DoctorZIn · 21 replies · 2,233+ views
    Regime Change Iran ^ | 10.10.2005 | DoctorZin
    Top News Story Now we know the truth about Iran, we must actBy Con Coughlin(Filed: 09/10/2005)It was not the outcome the Foreign Office had been planning. When it was announced early last week that a senior British diplomat in Baghdad was flying back to London to give a briefing on Iraq's constitutional referendum, the general expectation in Whitehall was that the following day's headlines would focus exclusively on whether sufficient numbers of Iraqis would turn out to validate the exercise.Imagine the surprise, then, of Jack Straw and his officials the following morning when they opened their newspapers to discover...
  • Iranian Alert - October 9, 2005 - Iran powerful cleric dares the United States to 'Bring It On'

    10/09/2005 10:33:31 AM PDT · by freedom44 · 31 replies · 1,951+ views
    Regime Change Iran ^ | 10-09-05 | freedom44
    Top News Story Iran Focus A powerful Iranian cleric told Tehran’s Friday prayers worshippers the Islamic Republic was unwavering in its nuclear venture and unafraid of international sanctions. “We mustn’t be afraid of sanctions. Even though there is a loss, it also has benefits. We should not fear the losses”, Guardian Council chief Ayatollah Ahmad Jannati said. “If we have made any headway these days, it is because of these sanctions against us. Otherwise, we would be like these Arab countries, who have to import everything”, Jannati said. “If we fear sanctions then we will have to accept submission”,...
  • Iranian Alert - October 8, 2005 - Is Iran about to make concessions on human rights?

    10/08/2005 11:34:11 PM PDT · by DoctorZIn · 5 replies · 1,027+ views
    Regime Change Iran ^ | 10.8.2005 | DoctorZin
    Top News Story Rooz Online Is Iran about to make concessions on human rights? Arash Motamed The judiciary directive to release imprisoned student activists, which was initially requested by the "Association for the Defense of the Rights of Prisoners" that specifically called for the release of 34 prisoners, and the judiciary’s recent emphasis on the necessity of having juries for political trials are new initiatives from the ultra-conservatives now in the driving seat in Tehran that signal more than just simple administrative changes. In less than three months since it has come to power, the administration of president Ahmadinejad,...
  • Iranian Alert - October 7, 2005 - Blair links Iraq bombings to row over Iran's nuclear program

    10/07/2005 9:34:28 PM PDT · by DoctorZIn · 6 replies · 1,106+ views
    Regime Change Iran ^ | 10.7.2005 | DoctorZin
    Top News Story Blair links Iraq bombings to row over Iran's nuclear program Ewen MacAskill, Brian WhitakerFriday October 7, 2005The Guardian Tony Blair warned yesterday he will not be diverted from the debate over Iran's nuclear programme by Tehran's suspected involvement in a series of deadly bomb attacks on British soldiers this year. Speaking at Downing Street 24 hours after a British official pointed a finger of blame at Tehran, Mr Blair said: "There are certain pieces of information that lead us back to Iran."Such attacks would not prevent Britain continuing to press for Iran to abandon its alleged...
  • Iranian Alert - October 6, 2005 - UK accuses Iran over killings of soldiers

    10/06/2005 8:18:30 PM PDT · by DoctorZIn · 2 replies · 1,019+ views
    Regime Change Iran ^ | 10.6.2005 | DoctorZin
    Top News Story UK accuses Iran over killings of soldiers Ewen MacAskill and Simon Tisdall and Richard Norton-TaylorThursday October 6, 2005The Guardian Britain and Iran clashed openly last night after a senior British official directly accused Tehran of supplying Iraqi insurgents with sophisticated roadside bombs that have killed eight British soldiers and two security guards since May. The bombs, triggered when an infra-red beam is touched, have created havoc among British forces in southern Iraq. They release a projectile capable of penetrating armoured vehicles, against which the British army has virtually no defence.The British official said that Iranian interference...
  • Iranian Alert - October 5, 2005 - Army takes control of Iran nukes

    10/05/2005 1:21:12 PM PDT · by DoctorZIn · 15 replies · 2,023+ views
    Regime Change Iran ^ | 10.5.2005 | DoctorZin
    Top News Story The Washington Times Army takes control of Iran nukes An Excerpt:David R. Sands, The Washington Times:Iran's new president, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, has placed the military firmly in control of his nation's nuclear program, undercutting his government's claim that the program is intended for civilian use, according to a leading opposition group. READ MORE A Daily Briefing of Major News Stories on Iran: Dan Darling, The Weekly Standard takes a close look at Iranian Brigadier General Qassem Suleimani and the Qods (Jerusalem) Force unit under his command and his efforts in Iraq. A must read.Iran Press News reported...
  • Iranian Alert - October 4, 2005 - "Supreme Leader" turns to Rafsanjani for help with Ahmadinejad?

    10/04/2005 9:25:58 PM PDT · by DoctorZIn · 3 replies · 1,044+ views
    Regime Change Iran ^ | 10.4.2005 | DoctorZin
    Top News Story Rooz Online The "Supreme Leader" turning to Rafsanjani for help with Ahmadinejad? Rooz Online: a pro-reformist website Sharg newspaper carried this headline: “The Expediency Council is responsible for supervising the implementation of the grand policies of the three branches of government.” This is the product of an interview Sharg reporter Akbar Montakhabi had with Mohsen Rezai from the Expediency Council. The relegation of some of the authority of the Leader to the Expediency Council has been the subject of recent talks as a solution to end the current crises and impasse in the political sphere. This...
  • Iranian Alert - October 3, 2005 - End of Islam in Iran Near?

    10/03/2005 6:52:08 PM PDT · by DoctorZIn · 6 replies · 2,536+ views
    Regime Change Iran ^ | 10.3.2005 | DoctorZin
    Top News Story Iranian.ws End of Islam in Iran Near? Iranian.ws: POLL - As an Iranian, If(or when) time comes to choose between 'Islam or Iran', which one will you support? Grandson of the founder of mullacracy in Iran, Seyyed Hassan Khomeini, criticized the battle between secularism and backwardness, saying the original religious movement in Iran has been endangered. He added that secularism is pursuing separation of religion from politics and some are promoting an emotional religion based on backwardness and superstitions to withstand secularism. Mullah Hassan further said both these movements would end in the separation of religion...
  • Iranian Alert - October 2, 2005 - Who Killed the Bush Doctrine?

    10/02/2005 2:31:48 PM PDT · by freedom44 · 20 replies · 1,454+ views
    Regime Change Iran ^ | 10/02/05 | freedom44
    Top News Story Haaretz On January 20, 2005, George W. Bush outlined the goal of his second term. "It is the policy of the United States to seek and support the growth of democratic movements and institutions in every nation and culture, with the ultimate goal of ending tyranny in our world," he said. "All who live in tyranny and hopelessness can know: the United States will not ignore your oppression, or excuse your oppressors. When you stand for your liberty, we will stand with you." Less than a year later, the Bush doctrine is dead, the victim not...
  • Iranian Alert - October 1, 2005 - Questioning the Lack of Open Debate on Iran's Nuclear Program

    10/02/2005 11:49:45 AM PDT · by DoctorZIn · 3 replies · 958+ views
    Regime Change Iran ^ | 10.1.2005 | DoctorZin
    Top News Story Rooz Online Questioning the Lack of Open Debate on Iran's Nuclear Program Ahmad Zeidabadi The government of the Islamic Republic of Iran insists on calling Iran’s nuclear issue the “national case”. I do not understand this insistence or why is the issue a ”national” one. If those who call the issue a national one mean that its outcome will determine the destiny of the Iranian nation, which it will, what is the importance and value of this interpretation of the word “national” for its insistence? The fluctuation of the price of oil in international markets too...
  • Iranian Alert - September 30 - Are Arabs Anti-American?

    10/01/2005 12:18:15 AM PDT · by DoctorZIn · 12 replies · 1,289+ views
    Regime Change Iran ^ | 9.30.2005 | DoctorZin
    Top News Story ARE ARABS ANTI-AMERICAN? An Excerpt: By AMIR TAHERI PRESIDENT Bush's "image queen," Karen Hughes, is on a tour of Arab countries, where conventional wisdom claims that anti-Americanism is second nature. Hughes, now in charge of public diplomacy at the State Department, plainly she shares that analysis — why else choose the Arab region for her maiden voyage? But how true is that claim? Are Arabs the most anti-American people on earth? READ MORE A Daily Briefing of Major News Stories on Iran: Iran Press News reported that Hadad Adel, the Director of the Parliament of the...
  • Israelis urge U.S. to stop Iran's nuke goals

    09/30/2005 5:56:03 AM PDT · by Dark Skies · 44 replies · 1,445+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | 9/30/2005 | David R. Sands
    The United States and its allies must act to stop Iran's nuclear programs -- by force if necessary -- because conventional diplomacy will not work, three senior Israeli lawmakers from across the political spectrum warned yesterday. As a last resort, they said, Israel itself would act unilaterally to prevent Iran from acquiring nuclear arms. Iran will not be deterred "by anything short of a threat of force," said Arieh Eldad, a member of Israel's right-wing National Union Party, part of a delegation of Knesset members visiting Washington this week. "They won't be stopped unless they are convinced their programs will...
  • Iranian Alert - September 29 - Flight of Capital is a wake-up call for Iran to change its policies

    09/29/2005 11:49:13 PM PDT · by DoctorZIn · 3 replies · 1,533+ views
    Regime Change Iran ^ | 9.29.2005 | DoctorZin
    Top News Story FLIGHT OF CAPITAL IS A WAKE-UP CALL FOR IRAN TO CHANGE ITS POLICIESby Amir TaheriGulf NewsSeptember 28, 2005 Here is a quiz. You have a country whose foreign exchange reserves are at the highest levels in two decades, with prospects of rising prices for its principal export while over $200 million (Dh734 million) pours into its coffers each day.Moreover, the nation's budget deficit, a persistent though occulted feature for the past eight years, has turned into a surplus, freeing the hands of the government to throw money at its more pressing problems. The logical consequence of...
  • Iranian Alert - September 28 - Russia in a Hurry to Sell Weapons to Iran

    09/29/2005 12:08:24 PM PDT · by DoctorZIn · 4 replies · 1,102+ views
    Regime Change Iran ^ | 9.28.2005 | DoctorZin
    Top News Story Russia in a Hurry to Sell Weapons to Iran — Paper Russia is intensifying efforts to sell weapons to Iran while such sales remain legal amid mounting pressure on the Islamic state over its controversial nuclear program, the daily Kommersant said on Monday. Moscow “has stepped up military-technological cooperation with Tehran,” the business daily said, citing an unidentified source. It said top officials within Russia’s military-industrial complex decided to concentrate on arms sales to Tehran for two reasons. “Firstly, as many weapons as possible must be sold to Iran before an international embargo against this country comes...
  • Iranian Alert - September 27 - Iran threatens to cut trade with nuclear critics

    09/28/2005 10:28:54 AM PDT · by DoctorZIn · 12 replies · 1,288+ views
    Regime Change Iran ^ | 9.27.2005 | DoctorZin
    Top News Story Iran threatens to cut trade with nuclear critics By Parisa Hafezi TEHRAN, Sept 27 (Reuters) - Iran threatened on Tuesday to use trade to punish countries that have voted to report it to the U.N. Security Council for possible sanctions, after Tehran failed to convince the world its nuclear programme was peaceful. Iranian officials said they were shocked by India's backing on Saturday for a resolution passed by the U.N.'s nuclear watchdog body, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA). But they reassured India, which is hoping to sate its voracious appetite for energy through deals with...
  • Iranian Alert - September 26 - Iran threatens to halt nuclear checks

    09/27/2005 12:06:56 AM PDT · by DoctorZIn · 17 replies · 1,443+ views
    Regime Change Iran ^ | 9.26.2005 | DoctorZin
    Top News Story Iran threatens to halt nuclear checks as it is declared 'non-compliant'By Anton La Guardia, Diplomatic Editor(Filed: 26/09/2005) Iran yesterday threatened to halt spot inspections of its nuclear sites in retaliation for a harshly worded resolution that brought Teheran a step closer to being reported to the United Nations Security Council for possible sanctions. The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) at the weekend declared Iran to be in "non-compliance" with the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty because of a catalogue of violations that has stoked strong suspicions that Iran is seeking to build an atomic bomb.   Defiant: Iran's...
  • Iranian Alert - September 25 - 4000+ IRGC, Al Quds Corps and the Intelligence Ministry in Iraq

    09/26/2005 4:01:19 AM PDT · by DoctorZIn · 13 replies · 1,598+ views
    Regime Change Iran ^ | 9.25.2005 | DoctorZin
    Top News Story More than 4000 of the Iranian National Guard, Al Quds Corps and the Intelligence Ministry are in Iraq • During the past three years, Iran has been the major player in Iraq for several reasons. Everyone is speaking about the Iranian interference in Iraq and the spread of Iranian intelligence agents and the Guard elements intensively in the south, symbolically in the north and secretly in Baghdad. A) According to some documents, in addition to the statements of colonel Ismael, a leader of Al Quds Corps, who fled from Iran and Al Sharq Al Awsat has...
  • Iranian Alert - September 24 - Iran to Launch Spy Satellite By the End of September

    09/24/2005 10:34:13 PM PDT · by DoctorZIn · 16 replies · 1,532+ views
    Regime Change Iran ^ | 9.24.2005 | DoctorZin
    Top News Story Iran to Launch Spy Satellite By the End of September By the end of September a Russian Cosmos 3 missile will be launched from the Plesetsk Cosmodrome 800 km north of Moscow, carrying two Iranian satellites into orbit. Although the satellites are claimed to be for meteorological and experimental purposes, experts believe that one of them will possess surveillance capabilities allowing it to observe American and Israeli military facilities throughout the Middle East. More importantly, experts believe that the Iranian space program serves as a cover for developing more advanced long-range missiles capable of carrying nuclear...
  • Iranian Alert - September 23 - In Support of the US, EU military attaches walk out at Iran parade

    09/23/2005 10:55:21 AM PDT · by DoctorZIn · 3 replies · 1,276+ views
    Regime Change Iran ^ | 9.23.2005 | DoctorZin
    Top News Story EU military attaches walked out in protest at a parade in Tehran Thursday after ballistic missiles were rolled past carrying vitriolic anti-US and Israeli slogans, diplomats told AFP. "There was a common position among the European Union members that, if the military parade included any slogans that attacked our allies, we would leave," said a diplomat."The military attaches from the embassies of France, Italy, Greece and Poland were present at the parade, and when they saw the slogans they promptly left," said another diplomat.At the parade, Iran showed off six of its Shahab-3 medium-range ballistic missiles...
  • Iranian Alert - September 22 - Iran Taken on a War Path

    09/22/2005 7:17:15 PM PDT · by DoctorZIn · 12 replies · 1,821+ views
    Regime Change Iran ^ | 9.22.2005 | DoctorZin
    Top News Story Rooz Online Iran Taken on a War Path Arash Motamed With the performance of Iran’s UN delegation in New York, Iranian political circles inside and outside the country now have more reason for concern. Ahmadinejad spoke of combat at the UN and shut the door to “politics” while Larijani has appointed hardliners as negotiators over the nuclear issue. Both issues are interpreted in Iranian political analysts to mean one thing: Ahmadinejad and Larijani are taking the country towards war. Observers note that concerns over the policies of the Mesbah Yazdi – Ahmadinejad – Larijani team were...
  • Iranian Alert - September 21 - Refer at own peril, says Iran

    09/21/2005 10:33:00 PM PDT · by DoctorZIn · 6 replies · 1,114+ views
    Regime Change Iran ^ | 9.21.2005 | DoctorZin
    Top News Story Refer at own peril, says Iran Iran warned the West on Tuesday it would start uranium enrichment and review its membership of the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty if sent to the UN Security Council. Larijani also said the world’s fourth biggest oil producer would link its stance on foreign countries’ access to its energy resources to whether they stood with Iran on its nuclear plans. ‘‘Some countries have extensive economic relations with Iran, especially in the oil sector, but feel no responsibility to defend the rights of an oppressed nation. The Supreme National Security Council is determined...
  • Iranian Alert - September 20 - U.S.-European Iran policy reaches a dead end

    09/20/2005 11:21:45 PM PDT · by DoctorZIn · 4 replies · 1,065+ views
    Regime Change Iran ^ | 9.20.2005 | DoctorZin
    Top News Story Weekly Standard THE FAILURE OF CONTAINMENTU.S.-European Iran policy reaches a dead end. by Amir TaheriWeekly StandardSeptember 26, 2005 THE BOARD OF GOVERNORS OF the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) is scheduled this week to decide whether to refer Iran to the United Nations' Security Council for alleged violation of the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty. Iran is making a last-minute effort to stall the decision, but it is already clear that the European strategy--carried out by Britain, France, and Germany--for dealing with Iran's clandestine quest for nuclear weapons has failed. The trio of E.U. nations had based their...
  • PA: Philly (Muslim) cleric sentenced for corruption (87 months, currently FRee on appeal)

    09/19/2005 11:46:20 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 2 replies · 298+ views
    ap on Yahoo ^ | 9/19/05 | Joann Lovilio - ap
    PHILADELPHIA - A prominent Muslim cleric on Monday was sentenced to more than seven years in prison on racketeering and other charges, the latest in a string of convictions stemming from the FBI's sweeping probe of municipal corruption. Prosecutors said that Shamsud-din Ali, 67, used his political connections to obtain dubious loans, donations and city contracts. In addition to his 87-month sentence, Ali was ordered to pay restitution. He was released pending an appeal. The investigation of the so-called "pay to play" culture in Philadelphia's city government has led to the convictions and guilty pleas for more than a dozen...
  • Iranian Alert - September 19 - Iranian President: Iran has 'inalienable right' to nuclear fuel

    09/18/2005 3:48:22 PM PDT · by freedom44 · 9 replies · 1,293+ views
    Regime Change Iran ^ | 11/19/05 | freedom44
    Top News Story Guardian NEW YORK (AP) - The United States and European nations whose diplomatic advances were rebuffed by Iran worked Sunday to present a case against the Tehran regime to the United Nations nuclear watchdog agency meeting this week. The Bush administration's lead diplomat on Iran, Undersecretary of State Nicholas Burns, huddled with representatives of Germany, France and Britain a day after Iran's new hardline president used a United Nations speech to proclaim his country's ``inalienable right'' to produce nuclear fuel. In a fiery speech to the U.N. General Assembly, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad defiantly rejected the...
  • Iranian Alert - September 18 - IRAN READYING FOR CONFLICT WITH US - New Intelligence Reports

    09/18/2005 9:36:10 AM PDT · by DoctorZIn · 22 replies · 1,888+ views
    Regime Change Iran ^ | 9.18.2005 | DoctorZin
    Top News Story Iran Readying for Conflict With USAmir Taheri   Incredible though it may sound there are signs that Tehran may be preparing for a military confrontation with the United States, and has convinced itself that it could win.The first sign came last June with the election of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad as president of the Islamic Republic, an event that completed the conquest of all levers of power by the most radical elements of the establishment. Since then the revolutionary factions have conducted a little publicized purge of the military, the security, the civil service, and state-owned corporations and...
  • Iranian Alert - September 17 - President Ahmadinejad on CNN an exclusive interview 11AM PST.

    09/17/2005 11:04:47 AM PDT · by DoctorZIn · 8 replies · 1,924+ views
    Regime Change Iran ^ | 9.17.2005 | DoctorZin
    Top News Story IRIB CNN to Interview Iranian President Islamic Republic of Iran Broadcasting:President Ahmadinejad to appear before CNN cameras for an exclusive interview on Saturday. The Cable News Network's (CNN) celebrated Christian Amanpour will make an exclusive interview on Saturday at 2230 gmt with President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, currently in the United States for UN annual meeting in New York. Amanpour is expected to raise Iran's nuclear issue during her talks with the president, but she will also pose questions on critical international issues. READ MORE CNN's Amanpour had several interviews with high and middle ranking Iranian officials, including...
  • Iranian Alert - September 16 - U.S. Briefing on Iran Alleges Pattern of Concealment, Deception

    09/16/2005 1:06:20 AM PDT · by DoctorZIn · 5 replies · 1,185+ views
    Regime Change Iran ^ | 9.16.2005 | DoctorZin
    Top News Story U.S. Briefing on Iran Alleges Pattern of Concealment, Deception An Excerpt: Jacqueline Shire, ABC News: Hat tip to Web Gardian In a presentation for International Atomic Energy Agency officials and the 35 countries on its governing board, U.S. Energy Department officials detail evidence claiming to show that Iran remains committed to developing a nuclear weapon and is deceiving the international community, ABC News has learned. ABC News has obtained a copy of the 43-slide PowerPoint computer presentation, which was delivered to IAEA Board members in the run-up to its meeting Monday, when Iran's nuclear program will...
  • Iranian Alert - September 15 - Iran offers atomic know-how to Islamic states

    09/15/2005 5:22:22 PM PDT · by DoctorZIn · 9 replies · 1,270+ views
    Regime Change Iran ^ | 9.15.2005 | DoctorZin
    Top News Story Iran offers nuclear know-how to Islamic states 15 Sep 2005 11:36:22 GMT Source: Reuters (Adds British reaction, background) By Paul Hughes TEHRAN, Sept 15 (Reuters) - Iran is ready to share its nuclear technology, considered to be a front for bomb-making by Washington, with other Islamic countries, President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad was quoted as saying on Thursday. The comments were likely to heighten Western concerns about Tehran's nuclear programme just ahead of a key meeting of the U.N.'s nuclear watchdog this month which could decide to refer Iran to the U.N. Security Council for punitive action. "The...
  • Iranian Alert - September 14 - Roll Out The Unwelcome Mat for Iran's President

    09/14/2005 10:49:36 AM PDT · by DoctorZIn · 11 replies · 1,497+ views
    Regime Change Iran ^ | 9.14.2005 | DoctorZin
    Top News Story The Washington Times Unwelcome mat An Excerpt: Kenneth R. Timmerman, The Washington Times: Tomorrow, New York Police Commissioner Ray Kelly should order his men to escort the new hard-line president of the Islamic Republic of Iran to Kennedy International Airport, the minute he finishes speaking to the U.N. General Assembly at 3:10 p.m. Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, who took office in August after disputed elections, is not just any head of state. He has a terrorist pedigree that should make him an unwelcome guest in any civilized country, if having a terrorist "watch list" serves any purpose. But...
  • Iranian Alert - September 13 - Iranian-Americans rally against Iranian President in U.S.

    09/13/2005 9:22:49 PM PDT · by freedom44 · 9 replies · 1,096+ views
    Regime Change Iran ^ | 9/13/05 | freedom44
    Top News Story Daneshjoo Iranian secularist opposition groups are gathering, in New York, to protest against the presence of the Islamic regime's President at the United Nations. These groups are forming the "Iran UN Protest 2005" (IUNP2005) Coalition which includes the National-Secular Party, Iran Society, Marzeporgohar Party, Alliance of Iranians (TX), National Iranian Congress, Social-Democrats, Iranian Council, Free-Thinkers, Pan-Iranist, Iran of Tomorrow and the SMCCDI as the main organizer of the action. Activists and members of IUNP2005 are flying or driving from several North American and European cities, such as, Dallas, Los Angeles, Paris and Toronto in order to...
  • Iranian Alert - September 12, 2005 - UN inspectors 'powerless to stop atom bomb plans in Iran'

    09/12/2005 1:09:01 AM PDT · by DoctorZIn · 10 replies · 1,149+ views
    Regime Change Iran ^ | 9.12.2005 | DoctorZin
    Top News Story UN inspectors 'powerless to stop atom bomb plans in Iran'By Con Coughlin(Filed: 11/09/2005)The former head of the United Nations inspection team that is investigating Iran's nuclear programme has called on the Security Council to give it greater powers so it can determine whether Teheran is trying to build an atomic bomb.For the past six years Dr Pierre Goldschmidt, a Belgian nuclear scientist, has been in charge of the inspectors sent by the UN-sponsored International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) in Vienna, to investigate Iran's nuclear programme.   Dr Pierre Goldschmidt: 'Many serious omissions' Throughout that period the...